Welcome to Feature Fridays: Women in Business!
Every Friday, we are excited to shine a spotlight on the incredible women making a significant impact in the business world. From entrepreneurs and innovators to small business owners and industry leaders, these remarkable women are breaking barriers, inspiring others, and carving a path toward success.
Today I would love to introduce Kareema Beckles. Chef Kareema is a first generation Canadian and descendant of Trinidad and Tobago. Boasting over 2 decadesin the Hospitality Industry; her tagline..."Mom had me cooking since the 80's"fittingly combines her love for multidimensional flavours alongside her long standing passion for international culinary arts and intense matrimonial touches to her food fusion flare.Chef Kareema's Caribbean Gourmet Spring Rolls use fresh "back home" ingredients that give you the feel of your favorite meal in a Spring Roll.
What inspired you to start your business?
Originally my mom, but also my love of food and our Caribbean/West Indian Culture and wanting to leave a legacy for my children and future generations .
Looking at where you are now what would you tell your younger self?
Start earlier, you will fall BUT you always get back up and are better.
What is the biggest challenge you faced being a woman in business?
Being a "black" woman in a white-male and male dominating business such as being a Chef is challenging because of the stereotype and chauvinism. That's one of the reasons I wanted to work for myself. It's not an easy road, but I enjoy it.
What aspects of your work are you most passionate about, and how does it drive your business forward?
The joy of seeing/hearing people enjoying my food. Being able to give back through food.
What advice would you give an aspiring female entrepreneur who are just starting their journey?
Listen to constructive criticism. Not everyone is going to believe in you and what you want to do, do it anyways and find your village that will support you 100%.
In what ways do you believe women can uplift and empower each other?
With words of encouragement and just being there for one another
How do you handle setbacks and failures in your business, and what have you learned from them? I "sit" in it for a minute and then I rise to the challenge
How do you maintain self care while running a business? (Any specific strategies or tips you would like to share)
rest, rest and rest when needed
Thank you for taking the time to get to know Kareema. Go the extra mile and follow her on IG or Linkedin and let her know you read this. Lets continue to lift each other up.
LINKEDIN: Chef Kareema